The news and social media is awash with many disgusted by this priests ‘stunningly offensive’ victim blaming comments about Jill Meagher.
And even though he has apologised – I know this apology is likely to be only forced – due to the public backlash against him and to protect the Catholic Church’s image.
I know for a fact that victim blaming occurs with many religious people.
I’ve been subjected to it in ‘Christian’ counselling.
Victim blaming is a common viewpoint in religious people and it is not just the Catholic church. The church overall has a huge history of protecting and enabling paedophiles, condoning domestic violence in marriages, physical and sexual child abuse, condoning masses of spiritual abuse….. plus these views of how a woman raped and murdered by a predator, is ‘her own fault’ …… are all very common issues.
When you challenge religious people, they often truly don’t care and stand by their abusive views 100% – as they can be the worst for disordered, dysfunctional and abusive views.
Victim blaming is widespread and increasing and no-where is that more present than within religious people.
They don’t care at all if they hurt, offend and damage people with their views.
They are truly hell-bent on their destruction, often completely deluded into believing they are right.
The only good that comes from this – is it opens up the dialogue about victim blaming and how widespread this is and how truly disgusting it is.
Dialogue and education are needed.